Uphill & Downhill.

July 6, 2010

Sunday, heat doesn’t subdue much even after 4, having bikes gives us an instant degree of freedom so we decide to get lost in the nearby wilderness, (the hills behind Liuhe Pagoda, left of the first bridge). Mist surrounds every step and sweat drips like raindrops. It feels like a tropical jungle if you forget the well maintained paved footpath and lights. The idea to cycle uphill is interrupted with a small set of stone steps, that grow in numbers and inclination until is impossible to keep carrying the bike without breaks. Out of breath & body fluids we reach something that seems like a good closure point for the day (although the steps continue to dance upwards). Tropic rain clouds forming in the background as we speeding downhill a nice mountain path specifically crafted for off road aficionados. Sky is pouring waterfalls as we reach west lake, and then roam through the city center with a map in Chinese trying to match the road signs with printed characters. Finish line in Maya bar were i am approached by Alfonso (a Spanish guy) and 2 Chinese men who try desperately to find a white foreigner for a movie extra… Beer, dumplings and a long uneventful way home.


2 Responses to “Uphill & Downhill.”

  1. Katerina said

    Beautiful!! And that’s near where you live?! I can imagine the heat because I’m also sweating here in Athens!
    Aderfaki I’m very proud of you! Did you do the extra for the film?

  2. kamikazzzi said

    Haha no it was on a work day : P , yes this is 2-3 km from my house, on the other side of the river. Accessible with bike!

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